Use this checklist to track your progress as you prepare for your move.
If you have a question about a particular step in the process, print the checklist and write your question in the Notes and Reminders space below.
__ Go over your finances to prepare for sale-related expenses.
__ Consult with real-estate, tax, and legal professionals for guidance about the sale process.
__ Resolve any known problems with your home before a home inspection uncovers them.
Develop a home-selling plan
__ Evaluate market conditions to make sure you’re selling at a good time.
__ Consider using a REALTOR® to sell your home for you. He or she will help you set a sales price, market your home, and finalize the sale.
Evaluate these areas and repair if necessary:
__ HVAC systems
__ Doors, windows
__ Interior and exterior paint
__ Outdoor drainage systems and roof
__ Driveway, walkways
(Note: If you’re working with a real estate agent, you can skip the “Price Your Home” and “Market Your Home” sections)
Price your home
__ Have your home appraised.
__ Evaluate the market and price accordingly.
Market your home
__ Obtain necessary purchase contract forms; ask attorney to review them.
__ Determine contingencies and other contract terms.
__ Advertise via online listings and “for sale" signs. You may consider print listings as well.
__ Show the house through open houses and walk-throughs.
__ Negotiate an offer; ask attorney to review it.
__ Sign a purchase contract with the buyer.
Close the sale
__ Work with an escrow company or attorney to administer the closing.
__ Deliver the legally required disclosure documents to the buyer, including title.
__ Meet required inspections.
__ Receive loan commitment letter from buyer.
__ Arrange to pay off the existing mortgage(s).
__ Pay all closing fees.
__ Consult a tax advisor to determine tax implications of the sale.
Notes and Reminders